Item description for Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar & Ryan MacConnell...
Overview While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.
From the author of Dunk comes this sparkling new novel that covers a year in the life of high school freshmen Scott Hudson, who is sideswiped by the unexpected news that his mother is about to have another baby.In a hilarious and touching journal addressed to the unborn intruder, Scott bares his soul as he copes with the trials and tribulations of a life that is changing faster than he wants it to. Filled with Lubar's trademark wit, enlivened by unexpected twists and turns of plot, Sleeping Freshman is widely considered as one of the best YA novels of 2005.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7" Height: 6.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 30, 2006
Publisher Full Cast Audio
ISBN 1933322527 ISBN13 9781933322520
Availability 0 units.
More About David Lubar & Ryan MacConnell
David Lubar is the author of many popular novels for young readers, including Hidden Talents and Dunk. He has also published many short stories in young adult anthologies. He lives in Pennsylvania.
David Lubar currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie?
unfortunate summer read Jun 28, 2008
This book is the required book for kids entering 9th grade at my school. I thought, ok, just another boring reading book, whatever. But it was worse than that. This was stereotypical, but tried to be clever. Every time the main character made a joke, he clarified it, and it usually wasn't very funny the first time. The main character was portrayed as a well read, above average student, but the only books he reads are the general required reading for every school in the country (To Kill A Mockingbird, etc.)The book also tries to use vocab words, but he is so blatantly trying to pound them into our heads that it gets annoying. The characters are very fake and boring, and when it tries to get into heavier subjects, the heavier things (like suicide) are glossed over and sort of ignored (bad things happen, but not to you!). There is one type of charming in the book, and if you aren't that kind of charming, you are out.
Summer Reading Jun 28, 2008
I had to read this book over the summer for Summer Reading. I expected it to be just as dull and uninteresting as the other books I have had to read. Actually, it was better than previous years. However, it was not that good.
The characters seemed fake and the plot was totally predictable. (spoiler) It was obvious from the beginning that Scott's mom was pregnant. How could he not see that? And in the end with Lee? I figured out in the beginning that Scott would like her better than Julia. And then the thing with Mouth. Jeez. And his "friends" were pretty stupid.
I would not recommend this book to most people.
A love for words May 14, 2008
Scott Hudson sure has a way with words. Whether he's spouting vocabulary words at his friends, writing humorous articles about the losing team, or keeping a survival guide for his new sibling-to-be this book is a wonderful, refreshing read.
It's obvious that Scott is a geek, what with always reading, loving the word games his english teacher gives out or writing out one of his many lists, but it's also obvious he has a way with words.
Which is how he got on the school paper. Hoping to write book reviews (and he's be good at them, too) he gets stuck writing about sports teams who aren't any good. And running for student counsel to get his crush to notice him. And becoming part of the drama team. He somehow manages to make his way through his first year in high school(juggling school and writing), making unexpected friends and losing some old ones as they grow apart. He finds out that the girl he was crushing on isn't who he thought she was, and that the "weird girl" in school is actually pretty cool.
To give away more might spoil this delightful book. As an aspiring author myself, this is the kind of book that makes me smile and work harder at my writing to make characters this memorable! Bravo David Lubar! I hope we can meet Scott in another adventure!
Very smart May 7, 2008
I was going to make another corny review, calling it, "Sleeping Freshman, Crouching Sophomores", but I will never presume to try to outwit the narrator of this very clever book. Mind you, I heard the "Full Cast Audio" version, and didn't get a chance to read it (don't worry, their version is unabridged), but still I must say that this story is great!
It has humour in all the right places, little life lessons, and a good portrayal of adolescent angst. The main character is very believable, and you find yourself cheering him on.
While I don't agree with the "punk" (or is it goth?) look of the SPOILER HERE girlfriend, I can understand how she doesn't want to be a part of the crowd. Both of them realize by the end story that they are pretty special without being stereotypically so. (A fact that Lee-the girl-knew all along.
Other lessons include being nice to the "oddballs" like Mouth, and not just ignoring them. Also, that revenge and fighting are not the answer. I like how our main hero didn't sic Wesley on Vernon.
It's just a very good book-a rarity in the sex-filled volumes inflicted on teens these days.
One more word of caution: there is some swearing in this book-even done by our hero.
Wide Awake and Dreaming Jan 13, 2008
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is a sweet journey through freshman year through the eyes of a young boy. When he finds out that he is no longer going to be an only child, he starts chronicling his experiences so that his future baby brother can learn from his big brother's mistakes.
Freshman year is never easy. With the girl next door type suddenly striking, his mother pregnant, and bullies lurking around every corner, Scott's feeling cornered and queasy. His embarrassing moments are both hilarious and humiliating, making this a notable, poignant work by David Lubar. Highly recommended.